When I left for Italy it was still pretty brown around here. There were some flowers just starting to bud and the grass was becoming more lush. However, upon returning I was really struck by how much color there is popping outside. These flowers were down the street from where I live and I just had to pull over to take a shot of them. When I was walking to work yesterday the trees were in full bloom and lots of tulips were coming up everywhere. The colors of Spring always look so brilliant after a long winter.